Tree, Bridge & Mountain Houses by VDMMA

Tree, Bridge & Mountain Houses by VDMMA

Sarah Coffey
May 11, 2011
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Founded by: Anya Van Der Merwe Miszewski
  • Headquarters: Cape Town, South Africa

South African architect Anya Van Der Merwe Miszewski — lead architect of VDMMA — has received a lot of attention recently for her Mountain House, a home built into a sloped site on the foothills of Table Mountain in Capetown. It's appeared on blogs and in exhibitions, but the project is only the latest in an impressive portfolio of homes that solve difficult site problems with grace.

Elegantly responsive to their environments, each of the three projects shown above are built on rocky, sloped sites — two on Table Mountain and one in Higgovale, Cape Town.

Mountain House in Oranjezicht, Cape Town

Built into the foot of Table Mountain near a national park, this home combines five pavilions in one structure. Stone walls delineate the different terrace levels, and a curved concrete roof echoes the shape of the foothills. Sliding glass doors open out onto the incredible surrounding landscape and further integrate the home into its site.

Tree House in Higgovale, Cape Town

Again, on Table Mountain, the architects integrated the structure into its site, this time in a very different way. To deal with the slope, they lifted the home up on a stone base and created a steel and glass enclosure the seems to hover within the tree canopy.

Bridge House in Higgovale, Cape Town

Made up of three separate but connected structures, this site is also on a slope filled with moss, boulders, trees, and undergrowth. The architects explain, "We undertook the task to re-invent this 'ancient' garden in this 'found valley." The main house is a bridge crossing a trench. Below, the landscape was shaped into a pool, stream, and pond.

To see VDMMA's full portfolio of projects, click here.

Photos: VDMMA

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